Each other’s light: A multicultural celebration “Go Everywhere” seminars and entertainment

Seminar Presenters

Lisa Guedea Carreño  81
The Mestiza Chronicles
Guedea Carreño reflects her journey from inner city to rural barrio and beyond and shares how her time at Hesston helped broaden her thinking about culture and also set her on an unexpected and fulfilling career path.
     Lisa Guedea Carreño is director of Elkhart Public Library in Elkhart, Ind. Her professional experience includes positions in corporate and law firm libraries and most recently as director of the Harold and Wilma Good Library of Goshen College from 2000 through July 2014. Her cultural and civic pursuits include leading three study-service terms in Nicaragua; making music in a wide variety of styles and ensembles; hosting a weekly radio show on 91.1 The Globe WGCS; and volunteering with local community service organizations. Born in Chicago, Guedea Carreño spent her early childhood on the near west side of Denver, where her parents were active in the “Chicano Power” movement of the 1960s. At the age of 10 she moved with her family to a barrio outside of Alice, Texas, where her father was called to pastor a small bilingual Mennonite church.
     Guedea Carreño graduated from Hesston College in 1981, received her B.A. in music performance (voice) from Goshen College, and earned an M.S. in library and information science at Simmons College (Boston). She is a member of Iglesia Menonita del Buen Pastor and lives near Goshen, Ind., with her husband Sonny and their daughter Geneviéve.
Luke Hartman ’89
Luke Hartman began his recruitment experience serving as an associate director of enrollment and head basketball coach early in his professional development. He taught public middle school and high school students with exceptional learning and behavioral needs and served as a behavioral consultant aiding teachers with challenging students. Luke has taught in the education departments at Hesston College, Bethel College (Kan.) and Eastern Mennonite University, and has taught graduate courses for EMU Harrisonburg and EMU Lancaster for the last 12 years. He most recently served the Harrisonburg City Public School system as an administrator of the most diverse middle school per capita in the state of Virginia, a school which he helped to open. A graduate of Hesston College, Eastern Mennonite University, Wichita State University and Virginia Tech, Luke has experienced college life in many different settings. His dissertation focused on prejudice reduction through diversity coursework and he continues to focus on multiculturalism and social justice in the field of education. He is a widely sought after public speaker in both secular and religious settings, speaking all across the country on various topics including but not limited to: discipleship, educational pedagogy and meeting the needs of the diverse learner.
Ken G Kabira ’81
Half or double? My journey as a bicultural-biracial person
Born in Japan to a Japanese father and an American mother, Ken G Kabira grew up as a biracial, bicultural and bilingual person. He will share his journey from youth to an executive in some of the best known organizations and how his understanding of his own being has evolved.
     Kabira graduated from Hesston College in 1981 with an A.A. in liberal arts. He serves as the managing principal of TrueWorks, a management consultancy based in Naperville, Ill. Born to a Japanese father and an American mother, he spent the first nineteen years of his life in Japan. Mr. Kabira’s first work experience was as a nurse’s aid at a psychiatric hospital in Newton, Kan. After spending his initial years in business at Inland Steel in Chicago, he became a brand manager at the Kellogg Company in 1994. Since then he has held progressively larger roles managing world-class brands. He is one of the few marketers who has served as a chief marketing officer in all three sectors of the economy: for-profit (McDonald’s Japan), nonprofit (National-Louis University, Lions Clubs International) and the public (Chicago Transit Authority). He is passionate about bicycle racing and soccer, and is a member of Lombard (Ill.) Mennonite Church. He also graduated from The University of Chicago with a B.A. in behavioral sciences in 1985 and an M.B.A. in 1992.
Sadi Othman ’93 – keynote speaker
Reflections – cultural and communication bridges in Iraq between U.S. and Iraqi leaders, Saturday, 10-11:15 a.m.
Hired by the U.S. government as a linguistic/cultural adviser for General David Petraeus, Sadi Othman then became a senior adviser, facilitating communication between Iraqi leadership and U.S. political/military leadership in Iraq. A Palestinian American, Sadi is now vice president of North America Western Asia Holdings, an investment firm in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa.

Gilberto Perez, Jr. ’92
It’s all about Bienvenido and intercultural leadership: relationships, responsiveness and resilience
For the last two years Gilberto Pérez, Jr., has served as associate professor of social work at Goshen (Ind.) College. He joined the Center for Intercultural and International Education team in June 2014. Prior to coming to Goshen College, Gilberto was employed at Northeastern Center, a community mental health center in Northeast Indiana. Here he worked on authoring the Bienvenido curriculum, a nationally recognized mental health promotion curriculum for Latino immigrants that addresses access to mental health services and increased sense of belonging for Latinos in their respective communities. The curriculum has been implemented in 13 cities in Indiana and is available in 14 states across the United States. Gilberto has also served as peace evangelist for the Mennonite Church and recently completed regional pastor responsibilities with Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. Gilberto has offered presentations on mental health and community development at various national and international conferences. He serves on the Plan Commission, City of Goshen, is on the Board of Directors at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and serves on the Elkhart County Reentry Initiative and Elkhart County Community Corrections Advisory Board.
     Gilberto obtained his undergraduate social work degree from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.), a graduate certificate in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite, and a master of social work from the Universidad Interamericana in San Juan, P.R. He graduated from Hesston College in 1992. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. His social work experiences include hospice social work, emergency social services 911 and community mental health. Gilberto lives in Goshen, Ind., with his wife and three children.
Jean Polynice ’93
Gergens Jean Polynice is chief executive officer at CleMetric in Middleton, Wis., and has extensive experience in data analytics, software engineering and economic research, specializing in uncovering valuable insights from quantitative and qualitative data to tackle key challenges. He has worked in the areas of management consulting, information technology and data analytics. He is a visiting scholar and research fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to co-founding CleMetric, Dr. Polynice worked for Ernst & Young and Ariba Technologies in implementing IT projects for Fortune 500 companies. He is an expert in data modeling and implementation of large-scale systems and research. Polynice earned his doctorate in development/economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Ph.D minor in business from the Wisconsin Business School.
Evie and Wally Shellenberger
Each other’s light: Muslim and Christian Encounters
During their four years of living in Iran and sharing their lives with the Iranian people, Evie and Wally encountered and experienced God many times and in many ways as they describe in their new book, Welcome to Iran! Christian Encounters with Shia Muslims. Through stories and poetry this seminar will reveal the light and joy of their encounters with Iranian Muslims.
     Wally and Evie Shellenberger have had the opportunity to live in a number of multicultural settings including Nigeria/Biafra, Haiti and Iran. They are retired in Paoli, Ind., where they worked with other health care professionals in developing health care resources for several counties in Southern Indiana.

Performers/Entertainment Stage

Fjaere Harder Nussbaum ’05
Fjaere Harder NussbaumFjaere is a native of Mt. Lake, Minnesota. In 2008, she graduated from Goshen College with a B.A. in vocal performance. Since then she has pursued professional musical theatre, performing and living in New York City, Boston, Indiana and Maine. Recently, she toured for two months with the National Theatre for Children throughout Wisconsin Elementary schools and was most recently seen performing at Fanny Hill Theatre in Eau Claire, Wis., where she resides with her husband. She is starting a master’s of social work program this fall through the University of Wisconsin. In her free time, Fjaere loves spending time in nature, especially in her flower, vegetable and herb garden.
La República Rock Latino, Chicago, Ill.
La RepublicaGenres: Latin/rock, pop, Latin. Label: Cafe Productions. Members: Daniel Moya – bass, guitar and vocals; Juan Moya – bass, guitar and vocals; David Guevara – auxilary percussion, drum kit, vocals
     La República has been forming from Armenia, Colombia, where Daniel Moya and Juan Moya were born and raised. Colombia is a place with an internal armed conflict and displacement that has been going for more than 50 years. The Moya brothers began to play music through the Quito Mennonite Church, Ecuador, where their father, César Moya, instructed them with acoustic and traditional instruments such as the guitar and the bombo. The brothers have been playing music since they were very young and this is why the music that inspires them has the foundation of traditional Colombian and Latin American music. In the year 2010 La República officially began to play as a Latin rock group. During the process of these two years the band members have been changing which has transformed the sound of the Moya brothers. In the year 2011 the Moya brothers contacted the percussionist David Guevara who has musical experience with groups that are now recognized world-wide. Guevara has brought a particular rhythm with his percussion. Guevara´s family also comes from the same region in Colombia as the Moya brothers. At beginnings of 2012 a new musical trio is formed. The inspiration that has impacted the music of La República have been artists such as Juanes, Carlos Vives, Café Tacvba, Caifanes, Adanowsky, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Los Bunkers, Los Tres and of course the group with the most influence on La República – The Beatles.
Tom Unruh ’93
Tom UnruhTom Unruh and Jammin Biscuits have performed at the Kansas State Fair, the Kansas Bluegrass Association Winterfest and the Claremore, Okla., Bluegrass and Chili Festival as well as at various city festivals, for private business banquets, churches, weddings and other events. They specialize in traditional bluegrass and gospel/bluegrass, with distinctive four-part harmony and a variety of instruments.
Herm Weaver ’79
Herm Weaver is the Conference Minister for the Mountains States Mennonite Conference. Prior work includes 13 years at Eastern Mennonite University as associate professor and chair of the Department of Psychology. He continues to be involved in teaching and training events. In addition, he is a singer/songwriter who has been telling stories with his music to a wide range of audiences around the world for decades.
     Herm holds an A.A. from Hesston College, a B.S. from Eastern Mennonite University, an M.S.Ed. from The University of Akron and a Ph.D. from The Union Institute and University. Herm and Cindy, his wife of 32 years, have three children, Hope, Chloe and Dillon.
Aaron Young ’12/AY MusiK
Aaron Young/AY MusiKThe X Factor contestant and MTV MADE. Pioneer of the #BatteryTour innovating live performance across the world.
     In 2013 AY MusiK innovated modern day performing in the college market forever by offering colleges the #TheAYexperience, a live show that uses no electricity. AY uses his own power system for optimum mobility and freedom. No plugs, no wires. Led by AY (New age Hip Hop) and lead singer Hailey Canalas (pop/country vocal) AY MusiK is a unique blend of current musical genres.